MS fundraiser returns to Steamboat |

MS fundraiser returns to Steamboat

7 teams have signed up for Sunday event with room for more

— For more than 25 years, skiers have taken to the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area to raise money for multiple sclerosis. They’re back Sunday.

And there’s still time to sign up.

There are two more chances to sign up for the Vertical Express for Can Do MS, a Super G race down the Sitz and See Me ski runs along with an afternoon poker run, breakfast and lunch on the mountain and dinner at Ore House at Pine Grove.

Registration is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday or from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday in the Round-up Room in Gondola Square. The cost is $1,000 for a team of three.

Director Bernice Kuca said seven teams have signed up and there’s still room for more. She said money raised Sunday would benefit a scholarship fund for people diagnosed with MS and a support person to participate in five-day programs that educate them about how to manage the disease.

Kuca said the money is important to an organization with a limited budget.

“We’re a national organization, but we’re grass-roots,” she said. “Our budget is pretty small. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life, this is a way to make a difference. The money goes a long way. You really impact someone’s life.”

Can Do MS, formerly the Heuga Center for MS, was founded by Jimmie Heuga, a teammate of Billy Kidd’s on the 1964 U.S. Olympic team.

Kuca said this year’s event is the 27th in Steamboat and one of four Can Do MS events this year.

This year’s event kicks off with a party tonight at the Old Town Pub. For a $10 donation, attendees will be eligible for prizes.

The event also has teamed up with the Town Challenge race Sunday. Town Challenge participants will be eligible for prizes with a $10 donation, which will be accepted at registration from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday or from 8 to 9 a.m. Sunday.

Kuca said all prizes were donated by local businesses, including Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Creekside Cafe, The Egg & I, Home on the Range, Romicks Into the West, Cuginos Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Old Town Pub, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Back­­country Provisions, Ski Haus, Christy Sports and Riggio’s Fine Italian Dining.

At the evening ceremony Sunday at Ore House, awards for the fastest man and woman will be given, in addition to awards for the best poker hand and highest fundraising total.

Teams are encouraged to continue fundraising afterward. They have until March 14 to raise $15,000 for a free trip to Vail from April 7 to 10 for the awards celebration for all four Can Do MS events this year.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail

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